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The Casserole Club


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  • Actors: Kevin Richardson, Susan Traylor, Daniela Sea, Jane Wiedlin, Garrett Swann
  • Directors: Steve Balderson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086HAP0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Casserole Club" on IMDb

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"Camp Casserole: The Making of The Casserole Club"
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SYNOPSIS

In a 1960s suburb, a group of housewives decides to form a recipe club and hold regular dinners with their husbands to see who can make the best casserole. But friendly competition soon turns to boozy flirtation and more than recipes end of getting swapped at their parties. What begins as rowdy fun ultimately lays bare the damaged lives and despair that could ultimately tear apart this seemingly close-knit group of friends.

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I loved the acting and the character development.
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The attentive spectator will be sucked into the world that is gradually illuminated.
Joseph Suglia
You can actually say to yourself that you know someone like this.
William Butler

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Butler on June 25, 2012
Format: DVD
The Casserole Club by Steve Balderson is one dish you can't stop eating. You will savor each bite as if it were your last. What leads from a quaint get together of friends and neighbors, turns into an exploration of dark inner feelings and desires. Steve Balderson brings you into the lives of five couples: Sugar (Susan Traylor) and Conrad (Kevin Richardson), Kitty (Starina Johnson) and Sterling (Garrett Swann), Jerome (Daniela Sea) and Leslie (Mark Booker), Marybelle (Jennifer Grace) and Max (Michael Maize), and finally Florene (Pleasant Gehman) and Burt (Hunter Bodine).
Sugar (Traylor) suggests that the women make a casserole dish and bring it to a little get together and let their husbands judge who made the best dish. The winner gets a T-shirt that says "Queen Casserole". This is only the beginning of what lies beneath the happy exterior of these home makers. The Casserole Club starts off as a comedy but quickly changes directions into a drama from this point on.
After the first party turns into a wife swap, the women feel awkward and the men seem to move on. It was interesting to see how the two sexes deal with the situation of that night. You also start to discover the issues lying underneath each character. Everything from cutting, self-loathing and sadness, homosexuality to questioning ones own desires in love and marriage. The way people tend to deceive themselves to make their lives better.
Set to the backdrop of the 1969 moon landing, as well as some major moments in history, which I might add are placed well within the film to set the mood of the scenes. The music goes very well with the current mood of the scenes as well. Another theme in the movie are the colors. I have to say that Steve Balderson knows how to weave visuals and sound together like a master chef.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Suglia on July 3, 2012
Format: DVD
A review by Dr. Joseph Suglia

Steve Balderson's The Casserole Club (2011) is a film about a group of very nasty, very selfish suburbanites in the late-1960s who try to escape the plastic tedium of their lives through ritualistic spouse-swapping. This one-sentence synopsis hardly does the film justice. Watching it is like being thrown around a cage by a gorilla at your local elementary school's Christmas pageant.

Usually, when you watch a mainstream Hollywood film, you know exactly who the characters are--often before the film even starts, thanks to the super-saturations of advertisement. And not long after the film starts, after the ham-fisted labeling of every quirk, every gesture, every impetus, you know where the characters are going. You know where the characters come from. You know what the characters are going to do. There is seldom any surprise.

In the case of The Casserole Club, it is impossible to anticipate what will happen next, how the film will advance and unfold. The spectator is plunged into a motley of swirling colors and sounds and has no idea, precisely, who these people on the screen are, what they are doing, or why they are doing what they are doing. At first. As in every great work of cinema (think of Fassbinder or Miike at their best), things gradually come into focus, but the intelligence of the spectator is continuously respected and required. Nothing is dumbed down. Nothing is didactic. You are thrown into the space of the presentation.

Imagine that you are invited to a party by one of your friends. When you walk through the door, you are told that your friend hasn't yet arrived. You then realize that you are attending a party of strangers and are forced to figure out, on your own, who these strangers are.
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By Lebora on April 17, 2014
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I stumbled upon this movie after reading a random Kevin Richardson interview (yeah I was a big Backstreet Boys fan) that discussed making this movie. I decided to give it a try and rented the movie to watch with a friend. Even though I knew the basic plot of the movie (I read IMDB and some reviews) I was still surprised and a bit disturbed when I watched the movie.

The plot of a simple food related gathering of neighboring couples spiraling out of control was unique and well done. I loved the acting and the character development. The ending was abrupt, but (in my opinion) fitting and I recommend this movie to anyone who is on the fence about watching it.
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By Donna Dauenhauer on February 12, 2014
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This isn't a bad movie, a little different, but still pretty good! What makes this movie great is the acting, and the setting! Also the plot twist will keep you going until the end!
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By Richard Webb on April 12, 2013
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Movie was ok. Acting was ok. Story was odd but expected. Ending was abrupt. Love the setting of the movie and costuming. Character development was good. Intended or not, this movie left me feeling a bit disturbed, and wanting... As mentioned earlier it ended a bit abruptly.
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